2019 fantasy football content keeps chugging along. After discussing the quarterback and running back sleepers, it’s time for the wide receivers. Often times, it take receivers a little longer to get in a groove. Year 3 seems to be the hit or miss mark for the position. Time to learn routes takes longer than you may think. Let’s not waste any time. Which 2019 fantasy football wide receivers should you consider?
*This list is in no particular order. I also don’t do snake drafts or PPR drafts. If you’re a loser that participates in either of those formats, please leave. I like chess. You can play checkers. Just know that you’re playing checkers.
Robby Anderson (New York Jets)
I love Robby Anderson this year. The Jets are going to be better than expected. Anderson had a great last few weeks of the season in 2018 as Sam Darnold improved. Anderson caught a touchdown in Week’s 13, 14, and 15 averaging 104 receiving yards per game. Sam Darnold will emerge as a franchise quarterback and Robby Anderson is going to be the beneficiary.
Will Fuller (Houston Texans)
Do people understand that on a points per game basis, Will Fuller is one of the best receivers in football? No, seriously, he is. The problem is injuries. In 2018, Fuller had games that included 4 touchdowns in 7 games played. He also eclipsed the 100 yard mark in 3 of them. Fuller caught 7 touchdowns in 10 games last year. When Fuller is on the field and Deshaun Watson is his quarterback, the duo is beyond scary. For some reason, nobody talks about it.
Dante Pettis (San Francisco 49ers)
Jimmy Garoppolo is back! That is good news for the 49ers pass catchers. Dante Pettis was an explosive receiver as a rookie. Pettis averaged 17.3 yards per catch in 2018. That was the best mark in the NFL. That was with undrafted Nick Mullens. The only concern here is how much San Fran wants to use him on special teams. That hurts his value a bit. Still, in a Kyle Shanahan offense, Pettis is due to reel in some long scores.
Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers)
Deebo Samuel is going to be the best wide receiver in the 2019 NFL Draft. If I’m wrong, feel free to talk shit on me but I’m going out on a limb. Samuel is the best route runner in the class. I think the 49ers may get creative and make him a jack of all trades. Samuel played some running back in college too. I love the talent here. He’s going to carve out targets all day in the middle of the field.
Christian Kirk (Arizona Cardinals)
Christian Kirk was solid as a rookie. 43 receptions, 590 yards, and 3 touchdowns are good numbers for a first year player. The Cardinals offense should improve with Kyler Murray. This was a team stuck in the mud in 2018. Arizona has to be better and Kirk will be the number one target. Larry Fitzgerald is old. There’s no reliable tight end. Arizona drafted a bunch of rookies but are unproven. Kirk is the guy.
Michael Gallup (Dallas Cowboys)
Notice a trend here? All young guys who are ready to take the leap. It’s dart throws really. Michael Gallup is a good one to take. With Amari Cooper receiving so much attention, Gallup is a great bet to improve. This is a guy who had a nice rookie year and really stood out in the pre-draft process. Gallup is a great route runner and is explosive. 15.4 yards per catch is a good mark. With more volume, Gallup can be a real factor.
N’Keal Harry (New England Patriots)
No Gronk, no problem? Well, it isn’t if N’Keal Harry steps up. The Patriots drafted this guy for a reason. Harry is a big target and should be a factor in the red zone. Julian Edelman is the only reliable receiver on the roster. Harry has a pathway towards a monster season if he can earn Tom Brady’s trust.
Mecole Hardman (Kansas City Chiefs)
Stop trying to tell me how great Sammy Watkins is. Watkins NEVER does anything. He’s hurt all the time. When he’s on the field, he never produces. Mecole Hardman at some point this year will step in and be the third target in Kansas City. The third pass catcher on this offense is a valuable commodity.
EQ St. Brown OR Marquez Valdes-Scantling OR Geronimo Allison (Green Bay Packers)
DK Metcalf (Seattle Seahawks)
Doug Baldwin retires. Insert DK Metcalf into the lineup. I don’t have a clue if Metcalf is going to be productive in year one. What I do know is he has an opportunity. The only concern here is that Seattle is the run heaviest team in the NFL.